Network Rail has started work on a £12m project to make more room for passengers on the platform at Salford Crescent station in Greater Manchester in the UK.
Salford Crescent station is used as an interchange for many routes into central Manchester and by students from the University of Salford.
The station, which only has a small island platform, is used by around 1.5 million people each year.
Network Rail route managing director Jo Kaye said that in peak periods the station becomes very congested, with large numbers of passengers waiting for trains mixing with those changing trains or leaving the station.
"This work will effectively de-clutter the station by relocating the ticket office and extending the platforms to give passengers more room to move around," Kaye said.
The station’s ticket office will be moved from the platform to the street level on University Road West to free up space on the platforms.
A new footbridge connecting the ticket office with the platforms will also be built, while passenger information screens and the station announcements system will be revamped.
The footbridge will include a new lift and new steps, which will make the station more accessible to passengers.
Salford City Council assistant mayor for transport Roger Jones said that the renovation of Salford Crescent rail station will be beneficial for a growing section of the city.
"The work needed to complete the renovation, funded by Network Rail, will be offset by the years of effective service to the local community that will be created by the project," Jones said.
"With passenger numbers in the city set to expand rapidly, the new Salford Crescent will provide a much-improved hub for rail travel and an enhanced gateway to the University of Salford, the Chapel Street regeneration area and beyond to MediaCityUK."
According to Network Rail, the station will remain open throughout the project work, which is scheduled to be completed in early 2014.
Image: The ticket office at Salford Crescent station will be moved from the platform to street level to create more space inside the station. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.